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American Field Service application records

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1930

Scope and Contents

The American Field Service Application Records comprise the history of an application filed in 1990 by American Field Service veterans of World War II for retroactive recognition as United States Army servicemen by the Pentagon under provisions of the G.I. Bill of 1977. The collection also contains research materials and publications relating to the history of the American Field Service during both world wars. The records, comprised of original documents, as well as photocopies thereof, were amassed by Joseph Porter Brinton, III, an ambulance driver with the American Field Service during World War II, who compiled a guide for their use.

Dates

  • 1917-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1985 - 1995

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph Porter Brinton, III, 2008 and 2018.

Arrangement

The materials are arranged in three parts and one addition: I. Main business file (original box designation B), II. Main writing file (original box designation E), and III. Boxed volume files (original box designation VB). Within these parts, the materials are arranged as received from the donor. The donor's original box designations have been preserved in the inventory of the collection, and the donor's summary of the contents of each original box (with the exception of the VB boxes) is in the first folder within the original box designations.

Extent

24.34 Linear Feet (34 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1930

Overview

The American Field Service Application Records comprise the history of an application filed in 1990 by American Field Service veterans of World War II for retroactive recognition as United States Army servicemen by the Pentagon under provisions of the G.I. Bill of 1977. The collection also contains research materials and publications relating to the history of the American Field Service during both world wars. The records, comprised of original documents, as well as photocopies thereof, were amassed by Joseph Porter Brinton, III, an ambulance driver with the American Field Service during World War II, who compiled the guide for their use.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Porter Brinton, III, was a member of Yale College, Class of 1945W. He received a BBA from Baruch College City University, New York, in 1957. Brinton was an ambulance driver with the American Field Service during World War II.

The American Field Service was established in 1914 as a volunteer ambulance corps. Its members, largely recruited from American colleges and universities, served in wartime Europe, primarily France.

Processing Information

Folders within the collection were retained whenever possible and provide copious notes, written by the donor, about their contents. The contents of these original folders were not verified against the label and notes written on the folders. Materials that were received unfoldered were foldered during processing by Manuscripts and Archives staff, and materials were reboxed for preservation purposes. The descriptions of the contents of each original box provided in this finding aid is excerpted from the donor's summary. Engaging with the guide (in Box 13, folder 1 of the original accession) compiled by the donor is a crucial first step for any researcher wishing to use these records. Books, journal articles, and other printed ephemera are listed at the end of the inventory for the first accession but are not arranged in any way.
Title
Guide to the American Field Service Application Records
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by William Landis, Carol King, and Robert Bartels
Date
May 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
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Location

Sterling Memorial Library
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New Haven, CT 06511

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